Avenue U (BMT Brighton Line)

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Avenue U
New York City Subway rapid transit station
Avenue U - Brighton Line Platform.jpg
Coney Island bound platform
Station statistics
Address Avenue U & East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Borough Brooklyn
Locale Homecrest, Sheepshead Bay
Coordinates 40°35′56″N 73°57′21″W / 40.598875°N 73.955841°W / 40.598875; -73.955841Coordinates: 40°35′56″N 73°57′21″W / 40.598875°N 73.955841°W / 40.598875; -73.955841
Division B (BMT)
Line BMT Brighton Line
Services       Q all times (all times)
Transit connections Bus transport New York City Bus: B3
Structure Embankment
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 4
Other information
Opened 1908; 108 years ago (1908)
Passengers (2015) 2,231,577[1]Increase 2.6%
Rank 225 out of 422
Station succession
Next north Kings Highway: Q all times
Next south Neck Road: Q all times

Avenue U is a local station on the BMT Brighton Line of the New York City Subway, located at Avenue U between East 15th and East 16th Streets in Homecrest and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. It is served by the Q train at all times.[2]

Station layout[edit]

Track layout
to Kings Hwy
to Neck Rd
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Northbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward 57th Street–Seventh Avenue (Kings Highway)
Northbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg does not stop here
Southbound express NYCS-bull-trans-B.svg does not stop here →
Southbound local NYCS-bull-trans-Q.svg toward Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (Neck Road)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street Level Entrances/Exits
Station house to entrances/exits, station agent, MetroCard vending machines

This station, opened in 1908 and completely rebuilt in 2008-2010, is situated on an embankment and has four tracks and two side platforms. The center tracks are used by the B express train when it operates on weekdays.[3]

Both platforms have beige windscreens with green outlines and frames along their entire lengths and red canopies with green frames in the center. The station signs are in the standard black plates in white lettering and lamp posts are on all support columns of the windscreens in the non-canopied areas. The Coney Island-bound platform has a storage area above the mezzanine staircase.

The station has one ground-level station house directly underneath the tracks and platforms on the north side of Avenue U. It has a token booth, turnstile bank, and double-wide staircase going up to the Coney Island-bound platform and two standard width staircases to the Manhattan-bound one. The Coney Island-bound staircase landing splits below a landing, one side leading to the station house and the other bypassing it with two exit-only turnstiles leading directly to the sidewalk. The Coney Island-bound platform also has a metal door leading to a closed staircase that goes down to the north side of Avenue U.

The 2011 artwork here is called Brooklyn Wildfires by Jason Middlebrook and Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. It is installed on the walls of the Coney Island-bound platform's staircase and consists ceramic tiling and glass mosaic depicting various species of wildflowers.


  1. ^ "Facts and Figures: Annual Subway Ridership". Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved 2016-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Q Subway Timetable, Effective November 7, 2016" (PDF). New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ Dougherty, Peter (2006) [2002]. Tracks of the New York City Subway 2006 (3rd ed.). Dougherty. OCLC 49777633 – via Google Books. 

External links[edit]

Artwork by Jason Middlebrook